On Sunday, January 7, 2024, John T. Zalusky of Huntingtown, Maryland passed away at the age of 66 in his home. He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother-in-law and uncle. John is survived by his wife, Patricia of 40 years, his daughter Katie (Kevin) Sybert and his son, John T. Zalusky, II “Jack”, (Jessy McKnew) and two very loving grandchildren Kaylee and Konner Sybert.
John is also survived by his mother Clarice A. Shaw, brother David C. Zalusky (Christine Brown) and sister Peggy (Joseph) Melvin.
He was also blessed to be supported by many other family members, sister-in-law Kathy Jones (Allen) and brother-in-law Russell F Donaldson (Ginny) and many nieces, nephews and friends who have supported John with love, friendship and prayers through a very hard journey.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” - Thomas Campbell
John Thomas Zalusky was born on December 11, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Clarice A. Shaw and John L. Zalusky (deceased). He spent his childhood in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Maryland. While living in the rural countryside of Wisconsin John found his love of nature and photography. John graduated from Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland in June 1976. John graduated from the Joint Carpentry Apprenticeship program on June 12, 1982 .
John was a member of Carpenters Local 132 for over 33 years. John enjoyed working for Sumner Carpentry for many of those years. After John’s retirement from Local 132 he was excited to continue his woodworking career with the Architect of the Capitol, Library Of Congress Division where he worked for 11 1/2 years and truly loved the work. He was a woodworker to the core of his existence and loved and respected the beautiful architecture and woodwork at the Library of Congress in addition to the wonderful skilled professional team that John was honored to work with in the Carpenter Shop.
In addition to taking beautiful pictures and building one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, John loved to read and take morning walks to find and photograph incredible sunrises along the Chesapeake Bay.
John’s personal expectations were to be honest and kind, to try to enjoy every day, to love his family and do everything with his family in mind and to always see the beauty in the natural world around us.